Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rocky Farr
Norman Richard "Rocky" Farr played 18 games in net for the Buffalo Sabres in the early 1970's. A fine amateur and minor pro goalie, he was unable to take hold of a permanent spot in the big leagues.

The Toronto native moved to Montreal as a teenager and played for the Notre Dame de Grace Monarchs and Montreal Junior Canadiens. In 1965-66 he returned to Ontario and spent two seasons with the OHA's London Nationals and Oshawa Generals. Farr bounced around the minors for three years before he was plucked off the Montreal Canadiens' surplus roster by the expansion Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

The young netminder split the 1970-71 season between the Springfield Kings of the AHL, the WHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles and the Fort Worth Wings of the CHL. The next year he impressed at the Buffalo training camp and was slotted to play with their top farm team in the AHL, the Cincinnati Swords. Farr led all AHL goalkeepers with 52 appearances in 1971-72 and posted a solid 3.06 goals against average.

Farr played half a game for the Sabres in 1972-73 but otherwise excelled for the Swords and helped them win the Calder Cup. When veteran Roger Crozier was ailing in 1973-74, Farr was recalled to back up Dave Dryden. He posted a 2-4-1 record in 11 appearances but the Sabres were in disarray after a star forward Gilbert Perreault was lost with a broken leg. Farr played seven games for a much sronger Buffalo team in 1974-75 but his fate was sealed when Gerry Desjardins was acquired in the second half of the season. He played sparingly in the minors in 1975-76 before announcing his retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1963-64 Montreal NDG Monarchs MMJHL 2 0 3.50
1963-64 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 11 2 3.00 2 0 5.40
1964-65 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 10 0 4.00
1965-66 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 47 11 29 7 0 4.94
1966-67 London<196>Oshawa OHA-Jr. 24 0 4.63 4 0 4.86
1967-68 Houston Apollos CPHL 18 4 10 1 1 3.58
1967-68 Cleveland Barons AHL 5 2 2 0 0 3.79
1968-69 Denver Spurs WHL 46 16 23 4 2 4.05
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 3 2 0 1 1 1.00
1969-70 Denver Spurs WHL 51 16 21 7 1 4.07
1970-71 Springfield Kings AHL 4 0 3 1 0 6.50
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 25 6 15 0 3 3.90
1970-71 Fort Worth Wings CHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1971-72 Cincinnati Swords AHL 52 20 16 10 2 3.06 9 4 3 0 0 2.66
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 1 0 0 6.21
1972-73 Cincinnati Swords AHL 48 3 2.64 12 0 2.91
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 2 4 1 0 3.13
1973-74 Cincinnati Swords AHL 16 7 3 2 1 3.47
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 0 1 2 0 3.94
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 6 0 3 1 0 8.11
1975-76 Johnstown Jets NAPro 1 0 1 0 0 8.00
NHL Totals 19 2 6 3 0 3.49


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1966) Claimed by Cleveland (AHL) (Montreal) from Montreal in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968. Claimed by Buffalo from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to Kansas City by Buffalo for cash, October 1, 1975.
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